Minnesota Politics provides a good profile of the less well-known contenders in the Minnesota gubernatorial race.
Gubernatorial candidate Linda Eno is running under the Resource Party , which focuses on the issues of sexual orientation and tribal nations.
Former Green Party activist Ken Pentel is running under the Ecology Democracy Party , which he created while riding his bike some 6,000 miles across the state. The purpose of the party is to restore a harmonious relationship between the natural environment and the work done by state government, according to his campaign website.
Minneapolis activist and teacher Farheen Hakeem has run for office three times under the Green Party , which had the status as the fourth major party in Minnesota from 2000 until 2004. Hakeem ran for mayor of Minneapolis, a Hennepin County commissioner seat and for House District 61B. While she didn’t win, Hakeem managed to get between 14 and 30 percent of the vote in each race.
Activist Chris Wright is running with Grassroots Party , which aims to legalize marijuana and use it as a revenue stream to solve the mounting budget deficit.
I find it interesting that the Minnesota Libertarian and Constitution Parties did not run candidates in the race, nor did they endorse members of other parties (as the LP’s bylaws in the state now permit). As it stands now, most of the minor party candidates appear to appeal primarily to the political left. The exception would be the Minnesota IP, whose likely candidate Tom Horner is a former Republican staffer. However, Horner’s campaign has also gathered the most funding and press attention, so it should be interesting to see how the pundits will inevitably examine the votes for third party candidates in the context of their perceived “spoiler” effect on the major party candidates. Each candidate, except Eno, has run for Governor in the past.